One of the 1st May traditions in Finland are the cardamom donuts. They’re made with traditional cardamom bun dough and covered with a good amount of sugar. To be enjoyed with lemon mead “sima”.

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Cardamom donut


5 dl milk
50 g fresh yeast (or 22 g of dry yeast)
1 tsp salt
2 dl sugar
2 tbsp ground cardamom
1 egg
about 14–15 dl all-purpose flour
75 g butter (soft, room temperature)

For frying:
about 1 l of rapeseed oil

On top:
a lot of sugar!

Warm the milk in a sauce pan over medium heat. Pour into a big bowl.

Dissolve the fresh yeast into the warm milk. Add salt, sugar, cardamom and egg. Mix.

Add the flours about 2 dl at a time and mix in between. Knead the soft butter in well. Leave to rise in a warm place for at least an hour.

When the dough has doubled its size, turn it over floured table and knead the air bubbles off. Divide the dough into small buns (or any size you want your donuts to be!). Leave them to rise on a baking paper for 20-30 minutes.

Heat up the frying oil in a big saucepan. It should reach 180°C until its ready. (Don’t let it get hotter than that.) Remember to be very careful with the hot oil.

Place 2-4 donuts in the sauce pan at the same time. Turn them when they have nice, pretty dark golden brown colour. When your donuts are frying, pour sugar on a plate. Lift the donuts from the oil one at a time and roll in the sugar right away. Set aside to cool.

Continue as long as you have dough left! Remember to let the donuts cool some time before enjoying them!

Enjoy with lemon mead “sima”!



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